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  1. Here's a spreadsheet I put together a few months ago. Prices should be right on or close. Carnival Vista Cheers Evaluator 2018-08-02.xls
  2. 27/38 of my cruises have been on NCL, 10 of those in suites (everything ranging from front & aft to 1- and 2-bedroom haven to Owner's Suite to Garden Villa). Haven't been on MSC yet, but one of the things pulling me this direction is the fact that the food in the YC seems so much more varied and plentiful. The room itself seems somewhat comparable to a standard NCL suite. Aside from our cruises in the Garden Villas, the butler service on NCL has been meh. That's another big selling point for YC.
  3. Message from Bong last week. He is on vacation, and will return to the Bliss. Didn't say when, but I'm thinking he'll likely be there in December.
  4. I swear... People being mean to Clarence or Bong is akin to kicking a puppy. What sort of person would do that?!?
  5. I was on a cruise with friends when he proposed to her. They had a private dinner at the steak house. He got the maitre'd in on it, as well as the waiters. After dinner, the waiter came over with a covered platter, explaining that he had a special dessert. When he lifted the cover there was a single red rose and an engagement ring displayed in its box. My friend got on his knee and proposed. It was a private thing in a public place. (She said yes.) Very sweet.
  6. Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
  7. The only time I gave gifts was when I took a cruise on which I knew there would be a couple of lady crewmember friends from previous cruises. I gave each a pair of soft, fuzzy aloe socks for kicking back at the end of a long day on their feet. They were delighted. I made it clear that if they wanted to toss them at the end of their contract my feelings wouldn't be hurt. Otherwise... Cash is king.
  8. Thanks for being "that guy"! Don't be sorry, just the sort of feedback I need. **NEW** CARNIVAL CHEERS EVALUATOR SPREADSHEET ATTACHED Latest iteration corrects error khidhala pointed out. I've also changed the default package price back to pre-cruise, without 15% gratuity included. This is a better comparison. Please always look for the latest version of the spreadsheet. Once we get all the kinks worked out I'll post a new thread. Carnival Vista Cheers Evaluator 2018-08-02.xls
  9. CHEERS EVALUATOR SPREADSHEET UPDATE 2018-08-01 Thanks to eagle-eyed user crooooze, here's the latest update with a few corrected formulae. Carnival Vista Cheers Evaluator 2018-08-01.xls
  10. The Queen Nerd thanks you! :') I'll make the corrections crooooze noted and post an update tomorrow. Thanks for the feedback! Just what I was looking for. Murph1977, no, the drink prices do not contain the 15% gratuity. The package price pre-loaded does, but you cam change that.
  11. LATEST UPDATE (2018-07-29) ATTACHED. THANK YOU, SKYPIGLET!!! The Standard Bar Menu could really use some work. Anyone? Also, it doesn't look to me like the Library Bar really has anything besides the enomatic wine dispensers. Anyone? Anyone have an updated list of wines by the glass? Carnival Vista Cheers Evaluator 2018-07-29.xls
  12. THANK YOU, SkyPiglet! I'll make the updates and post later.
  13. Carol, I'm so glad you saw this post! We are on the Vista Dec. 9th. Any chance you're on the same sailing?
  14. I'm not familiar with Google Sheets? I checked, and that's not one of the "Save As" file format options in Excel. However... You could download Open Office, a free MS-like office suite, from www.openoffice.org. I've always had good experience using MS-based files in Open Office programs.
  15. After working on this for about a month, I think I'm ready to go live! ATTACHED IS A **NEW** CHEERS EVALUATOR SPREADSHEET It is in Excel *.xls format To help you determine if Cheers may be a good value for you: Download the spreadsheet Enter your Cruise Length (C1) and number of Sea Days (C2). NOTE: If you are cruising from Galveston or New York, enter one day less for Cruise Length. Cheers does not become active until your first full day; you are only charged for the remaining days. For example, for cruises 7 days in length, enter 6. The Cheers! package price which is pre-loaded (C3) is the pre-cruise purchase price and includes the automatic 15% gratuity. The only other items you need to enter are the desired number of each beverage for each sea and port day. Everything else calculates automatically. Keep an eye on the Worth It? box (F2-3) -- it will turn green if your anticipated consumption exceeds the cost of Cheers. All drinks listed are included in the Cheers package. I cannot claim the spreadsheet setup as my own. A user name Kelly Mohr originally created this spreadsheet for Princess. I have simply updated it for Carnival. MUCH THANKS to user Carol Jones for providing recent bar menus! The major change from Kelly's organization scheme is that I have grouped drinks available by bar. If you're like me, you know where you're likely to hang out and want to know what's offered there. Prices and selection given are for Carnival Vista. You can assume price/selection will be pretty consistent across the fleet. I have tried to use the most up-to-date information available. If I know the date of the menu from which the prices/selection were taken, it is listed by the venue name. For those without a date, I have cross-referenced from recent menus to try to provide the most up-to-date guess. **If you have information to update this tool, please post it here! I'll be happy to provide updates as long as I can.** Carnival Vista Cheers Evaluator 2018-07-28.xls
  16. I can't get to it right now, but if you pull up a list of my posts I recently posted an Excel spreadsheet of drinks for the Vista. It's probably representative of what's available across the fleet. I haven't seen it, but I'm with you, I hope they have Tito's!
  17. I made my $350 payment Monday, and the $75 credit was there Wednesday. Thanks, all!
  18. I haven't done it, but I've seen it. One of the adults said it was claustrophobic and tried sleeping in the courtyard every night. That didn't go over well.
  19. Jim, my next cruise is the Vista in a Havana Cabana. After many suite/Haven cruises, I'm feeling like I may have found my new home. BTW, I watched your videos about a month ago. Great stuff! I've been directing my friends and family to your site. ;)
  20. Glad you all like the Cheers spreadsheet!
  21. One thing you all have been missing in all the back and forth is that NCL's "free" drink package is not an equivalent product to Cheers. On NCL you get alcoholic drinks up to $15, soda, and water from the tap. With Cheers you get practically anything you can drink, including milkshakes and floats. Not an apples to apples comparison. For me, a not insignificant portion of the value of Cheers will be in the nonalcoholic drinks I'd have to pay for on NCL.
  22. Which MSC ships have you been sailing? I know for a fact that Seaside and Divina have a lovely pool deck just for YC with an outdoor grill and bar. MSC has always included their top tier drink package for YC guests, and it's far more inclusive than NCL's drink package (bottled water, specialty coffees, basically anything you can drink, plus gelato and crepes). Another incentive for the YC is that their restaurant menu changes daily.
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